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From today for one week only
Oscar nominated Natalie Portman gives a flawless, deeply intelligent performance as the woman at the heart of an event which would come to define a generation – the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in November 1963.  Jackie Kennedy was as romantic a public figure as her handsome, charismatic husband, an outwardly assured partner constantly under media and public gaze but one who continued to play her role with consummate grace. Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s kaleidoscopic and utterly absorbing film builds a moving portrait of a grieving woman — a widow and mother haunted by the past as she struggles with an overwhelming tragedy in the glare of the spotlight. An outstanding supporting cast, including one of John Hurt’s final screen roles, plus a great score by composer Mica Levi all come together to make JACKIE a unique and alluring portrait of an icon.

Now showing until 16 Feb
As well as being one of the most talked about films of the year, this groundbreaking tale of an ambitious young businesswoman and the unpredictable relationship with her eccentric, practical joke loving father has already featured in a poll of the top 100 films of the 21st Century. Not least of its achievements is to turn a sit-com scenario into something wholly original and affecting. Retired divorcee Winfried, an incorrigible (and painfully unfunny) prankster, pays a surprise visit to his daughter Ines, a high-ranking and repressed management consultant, and soon insinuates himself into every aspect of her professional life, turning each day into a non-stop parade of embarrassment. And writer-director Maren Ade’s movie is also full of surprises as it meanders along in its warm, touching, and frequently hilarious own sweet way.

Half Term Family Matinee – From Mon 13 Feb to Sun 19 Feb
A fiercely modern princess sets sail on an epic adventure accompanied by a demi-god in Disney’s spectacular new animated adventure. Hawaiian princess Moana lives on Motunni Island in Polynesia and hails from a long line of navigators. When her family is threatened by an evil lava witch, feisty and brave Moana takes to the high seas in order to discover the secrets that will help save them. Along the way she is accompanied by demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and very soon, a voyage of discovery begins during which time the plucky princess will learn to prove herself to her people.

Sun 12 Feb
Life/Art/Performance Double Bill
Jim Jarmusch’s cinematic offering to these punk gods traces the always raucous and frequently calamitous history of the Stooges from their beginnings to the present. There’s a bonanza of archival performance footage, photos and interviews plus of course inimitable contributions from the outspoken, charismatic, improbable survivor and legend that is Iggy Pop.
The extraordinary story of “pretty weird” performance artist Bob Parks, who left 1970’s England to do his peculiar thing in Los Angeles. That journey ended with a collapsed career, a failed marriage, and a breakdown which found him walking through the L.A. Streets in a bikini. THE R&B FEELING is a rich and poignant, hilarious and heartbreaking, look at artistic endeavour, mental instability, tortured relationships and human kindness – and is certainly unlike anything you are ever likely to see.
With an introduction by Bob Parks himself – live on stage at the RIO

“Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure: a film that is as inventive as its brilliant, troubled, subject.”

Valentines Day Special – 30th Anniversary Screening
DIRTY DANCING (12A) at 6.15pm

So, it’s back to 1963 when drama, music and romance are the order of the day for Baby. She’s busy at Summer Camp falling in love with dance instructor Johnny. As college boys battle dancing hunks, relive all the magic moments and have the time of your life as DIRTY DANCING celebrates it’s 30th Birthday: boo rotten Robbie, hiss tarty Vivian and shout “creep” at Neil, but don’t forget “Nobody puts Baby in the corner!”

PLUS – after the film hang out for some retro cocktail fun in Little Nan’s bar in our fabulous basement space with 2 for 1 cocktails between 7.30 and 9pm

From Fri 17 Feb
MOONLIGHT tells a story you may have seen and heard before, but not like this. Director Barry Jenkins’ tale of a young man’s struggle, told across three defining chapters in his life, is a striking and powerful revelation. Meet Little as an African-American boy in Miami who deals with his difficult home environment and his frequent victimisation at school by befriending local drug dealer Juan. Revisit him as teenager Chiron, who lashes out when  he struggles with the realisation he is gay and his complex love for his best friend; and finally as Black, an adult whose hardened exterior belies his extreme vulnerability, dreaming of reconnecting with his childhood friend. MOONLIGHT is an unforgettable landmark achievement – a sensual, thrilling, impeccably written, directed and acted piece of cinema that has much to say about the moments that define us, the people who shape our lives, and the love that can last a lifetime.
Film and Live Performance on stage at the RIO – Sunday 18 Mar at 2pm

Mo’ Better Blues, Spike Lee’s love letter to jazz, will be shown as part of the wider “Spike is 60” film festival celebrating the director’s 60th birthday.
It tells the story of renowned jazz musician Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington) as he chooses between teacher Indigo and aspiring singer Clarke whilst trying to take his band to the next level.
This screening will include an immersive jazz performance by musicians who will play improvised music throughout the screening.

Sun 26 Feb at 1.45pm John Waters Double Bill
HAIRSPRAY (PG) at 2.30pm
at 4.15pm
 BOOK TICKETSHAIRSPRAY was the moment when underground movies’ most purposeful provocateur, John Waters, finally broke through to the mainstream with depth and charm but with his madcap, camp-heavy sensibilities still amazingly intact. 1960s Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad finally gets her big break. Tracy soon forces the issue of integrated dancing on the previously all white program, much to the horror of her square parents (Waters’ longtime muse Divine and comedian Jerry Stiller). HAIRSPRAY is the perfect mix of Waters’ bad taste genius and a traditional 1960’s coming-of-age tale.

Multiple Maniacs is an apocalyptic, surrealist rant against 60s peace and love, which unsurprisingly, with its depictions of all manner of depravity plus one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments, is only now getting a UK release. Featuring the fabulous Divine, out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair. Rosary carriers and lobster lovers should probably stay well away from this bad taste masterwork from The Pope of Trash.

2 degenerate movies for the price of 1 – The Double Bill discount will automatically apply at the checkout!

RIO Exclusive – proceeds go towards our fund raising campaign

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Limited Edition Toni Erdmann Risograph print by Rob Flower

3 Colour A3 print on 300 gsm acid free paper. Dimensions
A3 297 x 420mm

Edition of 50, signed by the artist.

Print £20 or £15 with a an online ticket purchase.

Rob Flower is an illustrator who’s work has been used by clients as diverse as The British Museum / House of Holland / Terry de Havilland / Anorak Magazine / The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic / BBC Radio One / Nike and Children in Need.  With a distinctively bold style defined by crayon bright palettes, play forms and eccentric characters. Stationed in his Flowers Towers, studio, Rob is a Keen collector of kitsch ephemera and historical miscellany, counting 80s gross-out toys, 70s cartoons and early McDonald’s advertising memorabilia amongst his treasury. His Work draws on his fondness for mythology, combining whimsical imagery with symbolism and folkloric elements.

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